Psychiatrists in Broken Arrow, OK

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Dustin O Hayes
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
I specialize in psychiatry and opioid dependence. We accept Medicaid, Medicare primary and self pay. Please visit eclipestulsa.com or call 918 799 3535 to request an appointment.
(918) 416-3039 View (918) 416-3039
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Ashley Totten-Gilbert
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012  (Online Only)
Ashley Totten-Gilbert is the founder of Ashco Psych and Wellness. She has more than 21 years experience in the medical field. Ashley Totten-Gilbert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board-certified adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner by ANCC.
Ashley Totten-Gilbert is the founder of Ashco Psych and Wellness. She has more than 21 years experience in the medical field. Ashley Totten-Gilbert is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and board-certified adult geriatric primary care nurse practitioner by ANCC.
(918) 372-3718 View (918) 372-3718
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Mind Wellness, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
I have always been passionate and eager to learn more about mental health even as a young adult and working as healthcare provider in a facility managing medical patients. Having experienced trauma, depression and anxiety first-hand, I understand the importance of seeking professional help. I believe in utilizing evidence-based practices to help individuals to cope with mental health challenges through therapy and med management. When I was in a crisis, I received appropriate care which changed my life and I desire to do the same for others.
I have always been passionate and eager to learn more about mental health even as a young adult and working as healthcare provider in a facility managing medical patients. Having experienced trauma, depression and anxiety first-hand, I understand the importance of seeking professional help. I believe in utilizing evidence-based practices to help individuals to cope with mental health challenges through therapy and med management. When I was in a crisis, I received appropriate care which changed my life and I desire to do the same for others.
(918) 937-7892 View (918) 937-7892
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Olivier Djoumessi
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
I am a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of healthcare experience. I am dedicated, compassionate, and patient focused. My approach to care combines medication management with supportive therapy, focusing on empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges through a comprehensive and integrative method. I believe in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapies, psychoeducation, and motivational interviewing, tailoring each treatment plan to the unique needs of my patients.
(918) 601-4486 View (918) 601-4486
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Bracie Haworth
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74012  (Online Only)
I'm Bracie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
I'm Bracie, a Dual Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I've spent many years working in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I've developed a strong interest in mental health, and my goal is to offer high-quality, compassionate mental health and primary care services to people of all age groups.
(918) 205-9420 View (918) 205-9420
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Judy Wagga
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Broken Arrow, OK 74011
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
Judy Wagga is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She has over nine years of experience in psychiatric nursing including behavioral health, rehabilitation, addiction, jail nursing and community hospital settings. She is currently working with children, youth and adults to manage, prescribe medications and support patients and their families. Judy has excellent communication skills, is a detail oriented, personable professional.
(918) 708-9850 View (918) 708-9850

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Rachael Touma
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, RN
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
Rachael Touma is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders across the lifespan. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama and is board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career began at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She holds an additional Bachelor of Science in Education from Northeastern State University. Professionally, Rachael has a diverse resume.
(918) 380-3675 View (918) 380-3675
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Kara Lynn Alger
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, DNP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
Kara, our esteemed Nurse Practitioner at Mind Rejuvenation, is ANCC Board Certified and holds a Doctorate of Nursing from Oklahoma City University. She brings over a decade of specialized experience to our team. Her firsthand knowledge from bodybuilding and CrossFit over the years has shaped her insight into the body’s capabilities and recovery processes, enriching her approach to patient care. She's skilled in managing ADHD trauma, providing psychiatric evaluations, and overseeing medication management, ensuring tailored care for each patient. On weekends, she dedicates her time to Laureate in-patient care.
(918) 300-4902 View (918) 300-4902
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Advanced Practice Mental Health, LLC
Psychiatrist, PA-C , CAQ psy, LCSW
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Hello, I'm Laurie Ray, a Board Certified PA-C with a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in psychiatry and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide quality care to patients. My recent work includes inpatient/outpatient services for those suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunction and OCD. Caring for Veterans, couples and individuals, I have learned to personalize patient care. My promise is to provide an open, safe and non-judgemental environment in which we can work together to achieve your optimal mental health.
Hello, I'm Laurie Ray, a Board Certified PA-C with a Certificate of Advanced Qualification in psychiatry and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) working with a board certified psychiatrist to provide quality care to patients. My recent work includes inpatient/outpatient services for those suffering from PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, Insomnia, Sexual Dysfunction and OCD. Caring for Veterans, couples and individuals, I have learned to personalize patient care. My promise is to provide an open, safe and non-judgemental environment in which we can work together to achieve your optimal mental health.
(405) 833-1108 View (405) 833-1108
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Janefrances Ologolo
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, NP
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
Jane Ologolo is a Nurse Practitioner in Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Langston University-Tulsa Campus, a FNP-Masters from Maryville University, and a PMHNP-Post-Masters from Maryville University. Jane believes in individualized treatment plans, as every person is unique in their way. She firmly believes in fairness, compassion, and respect in dealing with her patients. In her spare time, Jane enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.
(918) 921-7043 View (918) 921-7043
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Andrew Carter
Physician Assistant, PA-C
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Andrew Carter is a physician assistant, practicing in psychiatry since 2009. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Andrew believes in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and assisting a person to find the best treatment option(s) for the situation. Andrew's main role is to treat with medications, though he understands there are nonpharmacological approaches to explore as well. His main areas of focus include depression, insomnia and various types of anxiety, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Andrew Carter is a physician assistant, practicing in psychiatry since 2009. He graduated from Missouri State University with a Master's of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Andrew believes in obtaining an accurate diagnosis and assisting a person to find the best treatment option(s) for the situation. Andrew's main role is to treat with medications, though he understands there are nonpharmacological approaches to explore as well. His main areas of focus include depression, insomnia and various types of anxiety, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
(918) 727-7682 View (918) 727-7682
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Elocin Psychiatric Services, PLLC
Psychiatrist, DO, MPH
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Avoiding treatment due to your busy schedule or difficulty finding a psychiatrist that will see you outside of traditional hours? Are you a recognizable professional in your community and not comfortable being seen in a psychiatrist office? Tired of trying to handle your mental health issues alone? If this sounds like you, then let's talk about how I can help you take back control of your life.
Avoiding treatment due to your busy schedule or difficulty finding a psychiatrist that will see you outside of traditional hours? Are you a recognizable professional in your community and not comfortable being seen in a psychiatrist office? Tired of trying to handle your mental health issues alone? If this sounds like you, then let's talk about how I can help you take back control of your life.
(918) 338-6422 View (918) 338-6422
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Jeffrey Owen
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
Jeffrey Owen is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma with more than four years of academic experience. He has a Bachelor Dual degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University CHS, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Ozark Center sponsored by KCU. After residency, he served as Clinical Associate Professor at Ozark Center and Clinical Assistant Professor at OU Department of Psychiatry. Jeffrey believes in empowering people in his community with evidence-based medicine to optimize their mental well-being.
(918) 393-2655 View (918) 393-2655
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Rebecca Cline
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN-C, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
Rebecca Cline is a dual board-certified Nurse practitioner who has been practicing since 2011. She graduated from Graceland University in Independence, Missouri with a post master's degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. She later extended her scope of practice after attending The University of Cincinnati, in Cincinnati, Ohio with a post master's certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse practitioner. Rebecca believes in a collaborative, interdisciplinary care approach for the best practice outcomes for her patients.
(918) 727-7673 View (918) 727-7673
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Lyndsey Jones
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Tulsa, OK 74136  (Online Only)
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Embracing mental health care is not just about managing symptoms—it’s a pathway to understanding oneself, cultivating resilience, and developing coping strategies for life's challenges. My approach is collaborative, valuing your unique perspective and lived experiences. I view our therapeutic relationship as a partnership, working together to explore the depths of your concerns, set achievable goals, and ultimately empower you to lead a more fulfilling life.
(405) 450-7167 View (405) 450-7167
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Peteryne D Miller, MD, LLC
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74105
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
At the office of Peteryne D. Miller, MD LLC, you will be greeted by an approachable, empathic and friendly staff that works together as a team to provide the patient with a more personal experience. In addition to specialized treatment our office provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to meet the needs of each unique individual. All aspects of our patients' lives are important to us, and we strive to familiarize ourselves with every patient by listening and going the extra mile to make their time here enjoyable. We aspire to provide holistic care which we believe plays an important part in every treatment.
(918) 203-7916 View (918) 203-7916
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Heath Mueller
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74136
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
Dr. Heath Mueller is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree and her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Oklahoma. Following completion of her medical training, she completed four years of training in general psychiatry at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. While in residency she gained additional experience in psychiatric crisis management while moonlighting at the Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health.
(918) 553-5708 View (918) 553-5708
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Levi Stanford
Psychiatric Nurse, PMHNP-B
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
John Levi Stanford is a board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), specializing in treating mental health across the lifespan. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma before going on to earn his Master of Science in Nursing as a nurse practitioner specializing in mental health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His love and passion for psychiatric care of patients began before nursing school when he was able to shadow psychiatrists and psychiatric-nurse practitioners that served as mentors.
(918) 203-6877 View (918) 203-6877
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Rachel Dalthorp
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
Dr. Rachel Dalthorp received her medical degree from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. Following medical school she completed a four year psychiatric residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she focused on developing expertise in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders related to the female reproductive cycle. Dr. Dalthorp completed specialized training in the treatment of female sexual disorders and the use of psychedelic medications to treat depression.
(405) 449-5265 View (405) 449-5265
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Branden Carr
Psychiatrist, DO
Verified Verified
Tulsa, OK 74133
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
Branden Carr, DO Branden Carr is a Psychiatrist in Oklahoma. He completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree at Oklahoma State University and is currently working towards his final year of residency and plan to graduate in 2023. He has been able to practice psychiatry in a wide range of environments including inpatient, outpatient, addiction, consults, and more. Branden’s goal is to obtain an excellent understanding of a client’s emotional health and to set realistic expectations that they can work towards together.
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Number of Psychiatrists in Broken Arrow, OK

< 10

Psychiatrists in Broken Arrow, OK who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% Bipolar Disorder
83% Addiction
83% ADHD
67% Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
67% Trauma and PTSD

Average years in practice

7 Years

Top 3 insurances accepted

80% Cigna and Evernorth
80% UnitedHealthcare UHC | UBH
60% Aetna

How Psychiatrists in Broken Arrow, OK see their clients

50% In Person and Online
50% Online Only

Gender breakdown

50% Female
50% Male
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Broken Arrow?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.